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March 29, 2013

Analysts Sees More Competition In The Medium/Heavy Military Helo Market

Nearly 5,000 Aircraft Likely To Be Produced In the Next Decade

Forecast International is projecting that 4,796 medium/heavy military rotorcraft will be produced between 2013 and 2022. The Connecticut-based market research firm estimates the value of this production at $114.4 billion in constant 2013 U.S. dollars. The company defines a medium/heavy rotorcraft as one having a gross weight of 15,000 lb or greater.

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UK MoD Makes F-35 Basing Announcement

Will Be Stationed At RAF Marham

The UK's Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft will be based at RAF Marham in Norfolk, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced Monday. The decision to base it at RAF Marham is said to have secured the future of the base, and will mean new investment and infrastructure to make RAF Marham the Main Operating Base for the aircraft.

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AW189 Helicopter Selected For UK Search And Rescue

Ten-Year Contract Awarded To Bristow

AgustaWestland's AW189 Search & Rescue (SAR) helicopter will play a pivotal role in the provision of SAR services in the U.K. Bristow Helicopters Ltd., which has been awarded the contract by the UK Department for Transport to provide SAR services to the UK for 10 years, has selected the AW189 SAR variant as one of the central platforms for its SAR program.

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IS&S RVSM Added To G600 Install On Citation 500 Series

JETTECH Teams With Southern Star Avionics To Complete Interface

JETTECH has added Innovative Solutions and Support (IS&S) RVSM install capability to its Garmin G600 Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Citation 500 Series aircraft. By partnering with Southern Star Avionics, which holds an STC for a RVSM Air Data System, JETTECH is able to complete a path to interface for its G600 glass panel retrofit for Citation models 500, 501, 550, 551, S550 and 560.

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NASA Scientists Find Moon And Asteroids Share Cosmic History

Finds Commonalities Between Asteroid Vesta And The Moon

NASA and international researchers have discovered that Earth's moon has more in common than previously thought with large asteroids roaming our solar system. Scientists from NASA's Lunar Science Institute (NLSI), Moffett Field, CA, discovered that the same population of high-speed projectiles that impacted our lunar neighbor four billion years ago, also hit the asteroid Vesta and perhaps other large asteroids.

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UK Government Announces Aerospace Investments

Move Welcomed By AgustaWestland

A joint UK Government and industry research and technology investment valued at over $3 billion in the next seven years has been announced through the Aerospace Growth Parthership (AGP) involving a number of aerospace companies. An official ceremony was held by UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the Airbus factory in Filton last week, also attended by four AgustaWestland apprentices.

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Cassidian Produces The World's Most Advanced Eurofighter

Test Aircraft Equipped With The Latest Flight Test Facilities For Developing New Future Capabilities

The Eurofighter IPA 8 (Instrumented Production Aircraft 8) test aircraft has achieved an important production milestone at Cassidian in Manching: with the mounting of the right wing, the connection between the cockpit, vertical tail unit and wings with the fuselage has been completed.

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Northrop Grumman Highlights E-2D Advanced Hawkeye At LIMA

U.S. Government Has Approved Malaysia For Airplane's Capabilities

Northrop Grumman Corporation is highlighting its capabilities in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), by introducing the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye to the Malaysian market at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition.

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Delta Changes Policy On Transfer Of Miles

No Longer Transferable To An Heir

If you're a Delta frequent flyer and you were planning to leave miles to someone in your will ... Delta has changed its policy to make that no longer an option.

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AD: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc

AD NUMBER: 2013-05-14

PRODUCT: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. (Bell), Model 412 and 412EP helicopters.

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AD: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2013-05-17

PRODUCT: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S-61A, D, E, L, N, NM, R, and V helicopters.

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AD: Robinson Helicopter Company Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2013-05-15

PRODUCT: Robinson Helicopter Company (Robinson) Model R44 and R44 II helicopters equipped with emergency floats.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.29.13

Eclipse Receives A Production Certificate for the 550…

That’s a Wrap --- for the AEAs 56th Convention…

PSA Pilots Rat

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Classic Aero-TV: What Does It Take? Alan Klapmeier's Thoughts On GA Value

One of GA's Greatest Innovators Opines On What GA Is REALLY All About

Making something successful in the aviation world is quite an undertaking... especially after several years of bad economy, bad press and atrocious politics. BUT... if there is ANYONE better to talk about the value proposition of GA than Alan Klapmeier, we're not familiar with them. Alan is the real deal... having built up a number of successful businesses (including doing the lion's share of the work that made Cirrus one of the few GA success stories in recent memory) and turned both sport and general aviation on its ear more than once.

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PSA Pilots Ratify New Collective Bargaining Agreement

Seventy-Eight Percent Of Those Eligible Said 'Yes' To The New Deal

PSA pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), have ratified a tentative agreement reached with the management of PSA Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways Group, Inc. The new contract was ratified by the airline's 515 ALPA-represented pilots who are based in in Dayton, OH; Knoxville, TN, and Charlotte, NC. Nearly 80 percent of eligible pilots cast ballots in the election, and 78 percent voted in favor of the new collective bargaining agreement.

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FreeFlight Systems, Accord Technology Partner On ARINC 429 WAAS GPS Solutions

Collaboration Delivers Highly Cost-Effective Solutions To Equip Legacy Aircraft With RNP (0.3), ADS-B, CPDLC, Other NextGen Capabilities

FreeFlight Systems has announced it is partnering with Accord Technology LLC of Phoenix, AZ, to develop WAAS GPS systems to retrofit legacy transport category aircraft with state-of-the-art capabilities for NextGen airspace operations.  The companies are focusing on practical and highly cost-effective ARINC 429 solutions that enable operators of proven commercial and business aircraft to meet ADS-B, RNP (0.3) and other performance-based navigation mandates worldwide.

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Klyde Morris 03.29.2013

Gotta Watch The Cockpit Chatter, Klyde ...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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AvMap A2 ADAHRS Module Turns EKP V Display Into An EFIS

Product Launch Scheduled For Early Next Month

Italian GPS manufacturer AvMap is set to introduce its A2 ADAHRS module (Air data, Attitude and Heading Reference System) that turns the EKP V’s 7” display into an EFIS. The A2 ADAHRS module extends the functionalities of the EKP V Aeronautical Navigator bringing attitude and airspeed to the moving map and converting it into a centralized Glass Cockpit System for both navigation and primary flight display for experimental, ultra-light, sport aviation and general aviation market.

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Weststar Aviation Services Signs Contract For AgustaWestland Helicopters

Will Purchase Eight AW139 And AW189 Aircraft

A contract for the supply of six AW139 and two AW189 helicopters, plus options, was signed Wednesday at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition between AgustaWestland and Weststar Aviation Services.

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ERAU To Offer World’s First Commercial Space Operations Degree

Rapidly Expanding Commercial Space Sector Means Job Opportunities For Graduates

This fall, students can take their place at the forefront of one of the nation’s fastest growing industries following Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s approval of the world’s first degree program in Commercial Space Operations.

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Hawaiian Airlines To Purchase 16 A321neos

Airline Seeks To Open New Domestic And International Nonstop Service To Hawaii

Having reached key labor agreements with its pilot and flight attendant unions on the introduction of new aircraft, Hawaiian Airlines today announced that it has signed a definitive purchase agreement with Airbus to acquire 16 new A321neo aircraft.  The transaction, which finalizes the Memorandum of Understanding announced in January, is the latest step in Hawaiian's phased fleet plan designed to supplement its current wide-body fleet of 26 aircraft, expand its long-range fleet, and enable it to open new domestic and international nonstop services to Hawaii.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.29.13)

“Since 2009 when we began negotiations, we never wavered in our commitment to obtaining a contract that provides appropriate compensation for PSA pilots. After all, their contributions play a major role in making our airline one of the best-performing express operations in the US Airways system.” Source: Jesse Coeling, chairman of ALPA’s PSA chapter.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.29.13): Waypoint Sequencing

The action performed by the FMS/ RNAV when the aircraft effectively has reached the active waypoint, and then automatically switches to the next waypoint in the programmed route.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.29.13)

BUAA has had more than 40 projects that were ranked first in China, since it was established in 1952. The university has evolved into a multi-disciplined, research-oriented university of engineering science and technology with an emphasis on aeronautic and astronautic engineering.

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